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From: prowincjalat (POL)
To: SVD SUPERIOR GENERAL - ROME
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 9:35 AM
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
Awarded the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries
Fr. Anthony Pernia, SVD
Via dei Verbiti 1 Roma
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland awarded the
Society of the Divine Word Missionaries for its outstanding contribution
to he promotion of Poland in the World. The 2005 Awards giving ceremony
took place on the 26th of September 2006 in the Belvedere Palace at
Warsaw. Mrs. Anna Fotyga, the Minister of Foreign Affairs awarded ten
prize winners: The German Polish Institute of Darmstadt, The Chopin
Theatre in Chicago, The HOPE Association in Kazakhstan, The Fine Art
Gallery of Lvov in the Ukraine, The Hungarian Satellite Television “DUNA”,
The City of Wroclaw, the Polish-British Historical Committee, The Tomasz
Stanko Quartet, The International Cultural Center in Krakow, and last but
not the least The Society of the Divine Word Missionaries.
In the laudatory speech we learnt that the Government of Poland noticed
the Society by for its extraordinary missionary work among immigrants and
refuges emphasizing that the Divine Word Missionaries take up not only
pastoral duties and responsibilities but also initiate and organize
project for social and humane development. Thus mentioned by name was late
Fr. Marian Zelazek, an outstanding missionary in India, once a candidate
for the Noble Peace Price.
Though not explicitly mentioned, the Award had come at the time when
the Mission Animation Center, in an open competitive way won for the third
consecutive time a government Funds of 400 000,00 PLN (100 000,00 Euro)
for development projects in Angola. This year the funds were granted for
“Education, prophylaxis, diagnostics and medical care of HIV/AIDS and TB
(Tuberculosis) patients at Kifangondo in Angola”. Though won by the
Mission Animation C enter the project is being carried out by dr Waclaw
Nahorski with his medical team from the Medical Tropical Institute at
Gdynia and our SVD confreres and SSpS sisters in Angola.
On the behalf of the Society and the province the award received Fr.
Ireneusz Piskorek, the provincial superior accompanied by Fr. Waldemar
Kus, the director of the Mission Animation Center.
Rev. Fr. Ireneusz Piskorek SVD